AMD offers Opteron upgrade discounts
Drops Istanbul's price before launch
AMD said today it's offering discounts to businesses that upgrade their servers with newer Opteron processors.
The chip designer's new upgrade program includes a discount of up to 35 per cent for dual- and quad-core Opterons, as well as AMD's sex-core "Istanbul" processor currently on track for release in the second half of this year. (Does it count as a discount it arrives before the product is priced in the first place? Or is that technically just AMD planning to raise the price later? Hmm...)
Channel partners and customers can get 2000 series Opteron chips $50 cheaper and 8000 series reduced by $100, the company said.
AMD pitches that its discounted upgrades will ease IT budgets during the Meltdown, tempting sysadmins to opt for the discounts rather an switching to new boxes. The company also highlights its Direct Connect architecture's ability to handle multiple generations of Opteron chips. ®
Yes, sex-core. Six doesn't get a break from being derived from the Latin number system. Two = dual-core, four = quad-core, so six = sex-core. Perfectly reasonable!
Utterly Pointless Pedantry
Two is Latin is duo not dual.
Four in Latin is quattuor not quod
Six in Latin is sex.
6-core should probably be seni-core from the Latin senus meaning six each.
For those who say it should be hexa-core, hex is the Greek for six.
I'll get my coat.
Notice I spoke specifically about disties. I certainly could pay retail price, or deal directly with Tier 1s, but that defeats the entire purpose of disties. We use almost exclusively AMD products, and I would really love to get off of the dual cores, and at least into some Barcelonas, let alone Shanghai.
Unfortunately, the choices boil down to several unacceptable alternatives. I could use an American Distie, (AMD’s official party line.) This is prohibitively expensive, and ignores the long relationship we have built with our existing distributor. We could buy the parts retail, ship the components to our distie for inclusion in servers, (that way we get the distie’s hardware warrantee.) Again: prohibitively expensive. The other alternative is to use a Tier 1, which is completely pointless if you are branding your own servers, (or in our case pre-configuring them for a very narrow market that a stock Tier 1 setup is useless for.) Much as I hate Intel motherboards, FBDIMMs, and a bunch of the crap that goes with Intel, Nehalems are so far beyond Opteron 22XXs that we’re now deploying Intel servers for the first time in over five years.
AMD’s Canadian distie support is complete crap. End of.
So please, before you go spouting that other people are idiots, read what they write, and try very hard to comprehend.
(And just as a further side note, NCIX kicks newegg’s proverbial as a Canadian etailer.)
@ Trevor Pott RE:AMD :(
"AMD's Canadian support is bollocks!"
perhaps, maybe, or maybe its your who are too stupid to know where to find the Shanghai Opterons, one quick look thru newegg.ca, you know the canadian version of newegg.com found me 10 Shanghai varients of the Opteron, all of which are in stock.
Or maybe you want prefab'd machines, here a few HP servers with opteron's again from HP's candian site.
So as you see, i dont really think its AMD's canadian support that's bullocks, i think its you sir, who just doesn't know how / where to look...
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